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Investing in and Reimaging Physical Education Programs in Schools

Media Contact: University Communications and Marketing, 516.877.3693

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:
Helping to build a pathway toward a healthy lifestyle and productive adulthood is one of the best investments we can make for our nation’s future. Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.

Adelphi University has launched an annual Most Physically Educated Competition dedicated to helping solve the problem of childhood obesity and fostering an environment to support healthy choices and a commitment to a lifetime of physical activity. The contest will also celebrate the physical education accomplishments and showcase the knowledge of high school juniors from Nassau County on what it means to be a physically educated person.

About 30 students from 15 Nassau County High Schools will work in mixed, co-ed teams to compete in fitness events, team sports and some individual challenges such as: Push-Ups, Badminton, Basketball, and more. During the lunch/awards ceremony, high school student winners will read their personal essays on the topic of lifetime physical activity. In addition, 15 teachers and seven district athletic directors will be in attendance.

Co-sponsored by the Adelphi University Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD).

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Media contact names and information must be submitted to Kali Chan prior to the event.

WHERE:
Adelphi University, Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS), 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY

SCHEDULE:
8:30-9:00 a.m. Arrival/Introductions Campbell Lounge, second floor
9:00-9:30 a.m. Essay Woodruff 307
9:45-10:30 a.m. PACER Test CRS Gym
10:30-11:00 a.m. Push-ups CRS Gym
11:00-11:15 BREAK CRS Gym (MEDIA INTERVIEWS)
11:15-11:45 Badminton and Basketball CRS Gym
12:00-12:30 Badminton and Basketball CRS Gym
12:30-1:30 Winners of the competition will read their essay during the lunch/awards ceremony (MEDIA INTERVIEWS)

HIGH SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING:
Baldwin High School in Baldwin
East Rockaway High School in East Rockaway
Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont
Freeport High School in Freeport
Floral Park Memorial High School in Floral Park
H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square 
Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst
New Hyde Park Memorial High School in New Hyde Park
North Shore High School in Glen Head
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview
Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights
Sewanakah High School in Floral Park
Valley Stream Central High School in Valley Stream
Valley Stream North High School in Franklin Square
Valley Stream South High School in Valley Stream

JUDGES:
Adelphi University Faculty
Kevin Mercier
Tom Howard
Sarah Doolittle
Anne Gibbone
Mara Manson
Meredith Whitley
John Wygand


For further information, please contact:

Todd Wilson
Strategic Communications Director 
p – 516.237.8634
e – twilson@adelphi.edu

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